What’s the difference between bass and guitar heads?

Asked by: Tina Washington

The main differences between a bass amp and a guitar amp are the speaker size, the power output, the amp features, and the frequency range. Bass guitars use very low frequencies that move a lot of air. When you hear a bass at a gig, you’ll feel the air move more than you hear it.

Can I use a guitar head for a bass?

The head should be fine. The only thing is it will still pretty much sound like it would if you played a bass thru a guitar combo/cab+head. It might have a little more thump from the bass cab, but probably not. Just be ready to hear a less then impressive bass tone.

Are guitar and bass leads the same?

In short: There is no real difference between bass and guitar cables. Some manufacturers will argue very subtle differences due to differences in capacitance, but these will only make the slightest difference, not noticeable to most people’s ears.

What happens if you plug a bass into a guitar amp?

The truth is you can connect a bass into any guitar amp and it will function perfectly fine at low volumes. Granted it will not give you the desired smooth and low-end sound of a bass which is obvious as you cannot expect a good sound from an amp matched with an instrument it was not designed for.

Is there a difference between guitar speakers and bass speakers?

Yes, there is a difference. Guitar speakers aren’t designed to reproduce the low frequencies that a bass can produce. Bass speakers have longer cone travel and typically can handle the much higher power required to reproduce bass frequencies at volume levels that can keep up with a typical guitar amplifier.

Can you play a guitar through a bass speaker?

Yes, you can. A bass amp works for an electric guitar, too. Furthermore, many guitarists have used a bass amp while playing and recording. If you just plug the guitar directly into the bass amp, you’ll get a dry sound, and you might not like what you hear.

Can you play bass with a pick?

You can use a pick on your bass guitar if you want to. Both finger plucking and using picks are perfectly normal ways to play the bass guitar. You can find plenty of examples of famous bassists who use either technique, and there is no harm to using a pick. It won’t damage your strings or create an inferior sound.

Is bass easy to learn after guitar?

It isn’t hard to go from guitar to bass because many of the techniques and skills you know apply to bass as well. There are new techniques and skills you need to learn when going from guitar to bass, but most guitarists find it an easy transition.

Can you play a bass without an amp?

Bass guitar can be played without an amplifier in a number of different ways. If you’re just trying to hear it yourself, guitar headphones or a small bathroom with good acoustics should work. If you want to play in the open, your computer or an effects pedal can double as an amplifier of sorts.

Can you put bass strings on a guitar?

Yes, it’s possible to put bass strings on a guitar. There are modifications required to make them work correctly, which might not be worth the effort. And some are irreversible. The increased string tension might also be too much for some guitars, in which the neck could be damaged.

Can I play a guitar through a bass amp?

You can plug your guitar into a bass amp and not have to worry about any potential damage to any of the gear involved. A bass amplifier isn’t necessarily designed to create more bass as much as it is an inherent characteristic of using a larger speaker.

Can I use a guitar speaker in a bass amp?

Although it is possible to use a guitar cab for bass, it is certainly not advised. Guitar cab speakers are not designed to handle the low-frequency range of bass and therefore are at risk of being damaged. The speaker can handle the frequency range of a guitar, but not bass.

Can you use a regular speaker as a guitar amp?

A typical guitar amp contains an amp and also speakers within it. A speaker is just a device used to play out sound signals. A regular speaker cannot be used directly with a guitar because the sound signal from a guitar is too weak for a regular speaker.

Can you sing through a guitar amp?

The guitar amp’s limited frequency range does a poor job at playing vocals properly. But if you don’t have money to buy a proper PA System, it is possible to play vocals through your guitar amp. The best method is to use a multi-effects pedal that offers a mic input.

Can you plug headphones directly into a guitar?

Can I plug my headphones into my electric guitar? No. You cannot plug headphones directly into an electric guitar. Even if you buy an adapter to fit your headphones into the guitar’s jack, it won’t work.

How do I turn my speakers into an amp?

Plug an AUX cable into your amplifier and connect it to your device using the 3.5mm jack. Make sure all the volume and distortion settings on your amp are set to 0. Turn the amp on and slowly turn up the volume. Avoid turning the volume higher than midway to prevent the speaker from blowing.

Can you plug a guitar into a powered speaker?

An acoustic guitar with piezo and onboard preamp will also work fine with a powered PA speaker. But a magnetic coil pickup will probably sound poor plugged directly into a powered monitor, just as it would plugged directly into a mixer or hifi amplifier.

Can I plug my phone into a guitar amp?

They have a jack or USB connector for your phone plus they have their input and output slots for your guitars and speakers. They simply take your guitar’s sound, send it to your phone to process it, then receive the processed signal back from your smartphone and give it to your output device (headphones or speakers).